Non-Commercial announcementsreports on a new open-source medical software release. "DSS, Inc. has announced that its vxVistA product a Veterans Affairs VistA distribution that is CCHIT certified will now be open source under the Eclipse Public License (clarification: the EPL'ed version will not be CCHIT certified although they will share much of the same code)". We're asking people what they can do in 2009 to improve things for themselves and others in the sphere of software freedoms. The best way is to join the successful Fellowship membership strand of our organisation, through which Fellows work for software freedoms - and have fun doing it! The Fellowship will soon have representation on FSFE's General Assembly, enabling a motivated Fellow to make even more of a difference, and represent the views of Fellows worldwide." reports that, back in District Court, a request for a preliminary injunction based on that ruling has been turned down. "The District Court drew on a very recent Supreme Court decision which required a higher standard of proof of damages for the grant of a preliminary injunction: Jacobsen must prove that he is 'likely to succeed on the merits, that he is likely to suffer irreparable harm in the absence of preliminary relief, that the balance of equities tips in his favor and that an injunction is in the public interest'. The Court then noted that Jacobsen had made no showing that he had actually suffered any of these potential harms and that Jacobsen had 'failed to proffer any evidence of any specific and actual harm suffered as a result of the alleged copyright infringement and he has failed to demonstrate that there is any continuing or ongoing conduct that indicates future harm is imminent.'" the OLPC wiki currently has a message from Nicholas Negroponte describing changes which are being made with the project. These include laying off half the staff, pushing development of the generation-2 machine, and "passing on the development of the Sugar Operating System to the community." OLPC is also dedicated to becoming the $0 laptop in developing countries, though how that will happen is not specified. (Thanks to Rahul Sundaram). Technocrat.net has shut down for the second time (it was off the air 2001-2004). A message was left at the site explaining the move: "When it became evident that Technocrat was un-viable as a business, I found that I did not wish to keep supporting the site as a hobby. Certain elements of the community that developed here, unfortunately, creep me out. At the end I faced the decision of asking for donations to keep the site running, or letting it die, and it became clear to me that I'd feel better if it would just die." (thanks to Rick Moen).
ResourcesNobody will doubt the value of openness for the mobile industry anymore. This seems like good news at first glance. But what openness are they talking about? Look around and you'll find it's pretty different than what we've been talking about. Yes, the very definition of openness is changing. This troubles me because we cannot influence markets with our words - only our products. And the quality of our products is not world class yet. The bar has been seriously raised. Time is running out. We need to find a way to lead again. I don't believe playing catch up will work. Something fundamental needs to change."
Contests and AwardsMSFXDC (MetaSploit Framework eXploits Development Contest) is a challenge where the main goal is to code the largest number of new Metasploit Framework exploits modules. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to code new exploits modules for the Metasploit Framework (latest 3.x version). Exploits modules must be new regarding the current Metasploit Framework SVN repository content." Submissions are due by February 1, winners will receive a prize of 150 Euros and a VIP Ticket for the FRHACK conference.
Education and Certificationnotes the availability of some new certification programs. "Earlier today, in a weekly conference call with customers and consultants, OpenEMR HQ CEO Anthony Papillion formally announced the launch of the companies OpenEMR Certified Consultant and OpenEMR Gold Certified certification programs for individuals and companies wishing to demonstrate their knowledge of the OpenEMR medical records software product and offer their customers a guaranteed level of service." Designed for programmers looking to learn or migrate to the Python language, this Python course covers the fundamentals of the Python language in a mix of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on exercises." Python author and trainer Mark Lutz will be teaching a 4-day Python class on January 27-30, in Longmont, Colorado. This is a public training session open to individual enrollments, and covers the same topics and hands-on lab work as the onsite sessions that Mark teaches. The class provides an in-depth introduction to both Python and its common applications, and parallels the instructor's popular Python books."
Calls for PresentationsForwind invites musicians/software developers/artists who write custom audio software to submit both a piece of music created with the software and the software itself for inclusion in an audio and software compilation due to be released mid 2009. This compilation will strive to present both the software and audio on an equal footing. Design of the end package will be in the very capable hands of Paul Finn from Fitzroy & Finn (www.fitzroyandfinn.co.uk). The intentions are for this to be a substantial physical release (Book, double CD etc - details have yet to be finalized.)" The submission deadline is March 31. As for the last few years, we'll have a GNOME devroom at FOSDEM (7/8 feb in Brussels), and as always, we want *YOU* to give a talk about the cool project you are hacking on in this devroom This year, we'll have half a day dedicated to GNOME specific talks, and on Sunday, we'll share the devroom with people hacking on other desktop environments and have talks about crossdesktop topics or talks about some gnome specific topics, but which can be of interest to the other communities." The LAC (Linux Audio Conference) is an annual event where developers, users and composers from all around the world come together for 4 days to present current developments, new compositions and other news to the public, listen to concerts, and generally have a good time together. The LAC2009 is taking place at the Casa della Musica in Parma, Italy, from April 16th to 19th, 2009." Submissions are due by January 15. The OpenSource World conference presents the latest Linux and open source ideas in a very technical context by industry experts and innovators. OpenSource World focuses on real-world solutions in real-world environments using open source, open standards and open architecture as part of an integrated IT infrastructure. Our key theme this year will be how open source software is helping companies do more with less; proposals with this perspective are especially interesting to us.". The event takes place in San Francisco, CA on August 10-13, 2009. Submissions are due by February 20. The 2009 edition will be held from May 19th to 22nd in the wonderful seaside resort Tanka Village, located in Villasimius, Sardinia, a large and beautiful island in the Mediterranean sea. Besides the main conference, featuring two tracks of top-notch presentations over two intense days, the programme will include two days of advanced trainings, and a set of unique social events (Italian style), in order to foster networking." Submissions are due by February 20. uCon will be a totally informal and non-profit conference taking place in Recife, Brazil, in 28th of February 2009 -- three days after the best street carnival ever (also known as the rehearsal of the end of the world). The conference aims to bring together academics, hackers and information security enthusiasts to share cutting-edge ideas and thoughts about their latest developments and techniques in the field." Submissions are due by January 25.
Upcoming EventsBelgian Perl Workshop has been announced, it will be held in Leuven, Belgium on February 28. "Among the invited speakers are Jonathan Worthington, Abigail and Matt Trout. The theme for this year's workshop is "Discovering Perl"." announced the Free and Open Source Nigeria 2009 conference. It will take place at Bayero University Kano Nigeria on March 6-9, 2009. "We want to invite KDE contributors and users including organisations and companies who want to come and give talks or workshops during the event. We are expecting more than 2000 participants from within and outwith the university. We will be glad to receive guests from all over the world, especially people with vast experiences in open source." The miniconf schedule includes 12 miniconfs: Open Source Databases, Linux Kernel, Systems Administration, MythTV, Linuxchix, Mobile Devices, The Business of open Source, Linux Security, Multimedia, Virtualisation and Management, Gaming and Free as in Freedom." The OpenOffice.org Community is now accepting proposals from Community teams for hosting its next annual international conference, OOoCon 2009. Hosting OOoCon is challenging, rewarding, exhilarating, exhausting ... and can provide a huge publicity boost for OpenOffice.org in your country. There is no fixed date for OOoCon, although past conferences have been held in the autumn. The deadline for submissions is midnight UTC on February 1st 2009."
|Foundations of Open Media Software 2009||Hobart, Tasmania, Australia|
|Camp KDE 2009||Negril, Jamaica|
|linux.conf.au - penguins march south||Hobart, Australia|
|Ruby on Rails Bootcamp with Charles B. Quinn||Atlanta, GA, USA|
|GCC Research Opportunities||Paphos, Cyprus|
|January 31||Greater London Linux Users Group meeting||London, UK|
|Black Hat Briefings DC||Arlington, VA, USA|
|DC BSDCon 2009||Washington, D.C., USA|
|Money:Tech 2009||New York, NY, USA|
|German Perl Workshop||Frankfurt, Germany|
|February 7||Frozen Perl 2009||Minneapolis, MN., USA|
|FOSDEM 2009||Brussels, Belgium|
|O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing||New York, NY, USA|
|February 15||Free Software Awards 2009 Deadline||Soissons, France|
|Open Source Singapore Pacific-Asia Conference||Singapore, Singapore|
|Black Hat DC Briefings 2009||Washington, D.C., USA|
|February 20||Demonstrating Open-Source Health Care Solutions||Los Angeles, CA, USA|
|Southern California Linux Expo||Los Angeles, CA, USA|
|VMworld Europe 2009||Cannes, France|
|German Perl Workshop||Frankfurt Main, Germany|
|February 27||PHP UK Conference||London, UK|
|February 28||Belgian Perl Workshop||Leuven, Belgium|
|February 28||uCon Security Conference||Recife, Brazil|
|Global Ignite week||Online|
|CeBIT 2009||Hanover, Germany|
|DrupalCon DC 2009||Washington D.C., USA|
|March 6||Dutch Perl Workshop||Arnhem, The Netherlands|
|March 7||Ukrainian Perl Workshop 2009||Kiev, Ukraine|
|Bossa Conference 2009||Recife, Brazil|
|Advanced Ruby on Rails Bootcamp with Charles B. Quinn||Atlanta, GA, USA|
|O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference||San Jose, CA, USA|
|Pingwinaria 2009 - Polish Linux User Group Conference||Spala, Poland|
|March 14||OpenNMS User Conference (Europe) 2009||Frankfurt Main, Germany|
|Chemnitzer Linux Tage 2009||Chemnitz, Germany|
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